Part 1 of a five part series
By Kitty Hinkle
Don’t kids yourselves, ladies, we’re in a battle. Women of Faith speaker Nicole Johnson wrote a book about fighting cancer titled Stepping into the Ring. Her talk on the topic in front of sold out crowds reached the hearts of every woman in the audience dealing with the blows of despair in a lonely battle against breast cancer. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here online and then ask yourself if you don’t sometimes feel the anguish of loneliness of living without your husband as a blow from the enemy in a similar way to how these ladies who fight cancer deal with fear and loss.
Early on, right after losing Tom, those overwhelming tears I might call a good wallow in tears were always acceptable. As time passed, though, while I still have those occasional episodes of tears, I find those “cloudbursts” spreading apart in frequency.
When they do happen, I guard these tears as precious steps of release. Then I also guard myself from allowing the wrong type of tears to form an unhealthy pattern.
I want to take the time this week to talk about the how to separate when a bout of tears is God’s way of comforting you from when it’s a habitual pattern of self-doubt and pity coming from your flesh or the enemy. My hearts desire is to help every widow or widower coming across these posts to feel encouraged to grieve freeing tears of release while also learning not to maximize self-doubt but instead, maximize only the glory of the Lord.
It’s normal and natural for us who have been through a loss to develop a habit of anxiety or tears. If you find yourself in that boat, these steps can help you to work through it.
Step one: Recognizing habitual tears (Tuesday’s posting)
Step two: Observing the habit (Wednesday’s posting)
Step Three: Replacing a habit with Truth (Thursday’s posting)
Step Four: Freedom to grieve honestly (Friday’s posting)
Come back and visit this site each day this week as there will be a posting to detail each of these steps.